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Labor Archives and Research Center, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University

Few regions can rival the rich, lively labor history of the San Francisco Bay Area. This history is preserved in primary source and vintage history materials at the Labor Archives and Research Center (LARC). Founded in 1985 by trade union leaders, historians, labor activists and university administrators, the Labor Archives is a unit of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University.



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The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 3 in.)
Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Recordings of a Bay Area independent radio news program from 1984-1987 covering labor issues with a primary focus on California. Includes numerous interviews with local labor leaders regarding significant strikes and labor struggles such as the historic Latina-led Watsonville Cannery Strike, United Farm Workers' (UFW) "Wrath of Grapes" campaign, and the month-long SEIU Local 250 Kaiser healthcare workers strike. A majority of...
Topics: californialightandsound, Cannery workers--California, Labor union leaders--California, Labor union...
Source: 27 Tapes of 27: 1/8 inch audio cassette
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
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Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
Description : California Labor Federation television advertisement in opposition to Proposition 18, a 1958 right-to-work California state ballot initiative supported by Republican candidate for governor William Knowland ; documents relationship of labor unions to state politics and role of media in shaping perceptions regarding labor issues. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topic: californialightandsound
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
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Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Central figure in labor movement of Vallejo, California, from World War II until retirement, 1968; organizer for Vallejo Plasterers Union, early 1930s to 1941; in 1941 revitalized Retail Store Employees Union Local 373 of Solano and Napa counties; led Local 373 for twenty-seven years; greatly expanded local's membership and influence while taking central role in civic affairs and Democratic Party politics. Collection Guide : Stanley Lathen...
Topics: californialightandsound, Clerks (Retail trade)--California--Labor unions, Labor...
Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
Labor Archives and Research Center, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University
by Labor Archives and Research Center
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Interview with UNITE HERE Local 2 member Linda Knighten, banquet cook at the Omni Hotel. For additional information see California Revealed .
Topic: californiarevealed
Source: mp4: 1 File of 1
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Union and faculty-rights activist since early 1970s; originally a member of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) local at San Francisco State, switched to California Faculty Association (CFA) in the late 1970s, involved in CFA victory over AFT in 1983, CFA president 1983-1988 and CFA Executive Board member 1985-1999; describes his involvement in the San Francisco State Strike, the evolution of faculty unionism at San Francisco State...
Topics: californialightandsound, San Francisco State College--Student Strike, 1968-1969, San Francisco...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Labor Archives and Research Center, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University
by Labor Archives and Research Center
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Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Former agricultural worker; recalls killing of unionists by growers in Pixley, California, during 1933 Central Valley cotton strike; describes harsh living and working conditions of Central Valley's Mexican American cotton pickers, 1930s, and impact of mechanization, 1938-1941; employed as Richmond shipyard worker, World War II, then union molder, and finally International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers member with PG&E. Collection...
Topics: californialightandsound, Agricultural laborers--California--1930-1940, Agricultural...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : San Francisco State University English professor and leader in the faculty strike of 1969; hired by SFSU in the fall of 1964; describes SFSU in the 1960s as a "liberal teacher's dream"; details his leadership of the SFSU faculty strike, its development, and its legacies. Collection Guide : Eric Solomon Oral History Original recording available Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Labor Archives and Research Center (LARC), J....
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 4 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
Labor Archives and Research Center, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University
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Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Retired in 1993 from Ship Clerks' Local 34, ILWU; reviews work-life and activism in Marine Cooks and Stewards, CIO, late 1940s-early 1950s; and in ILWU, 1955-1993; remembers waterfront screening, McCarthy period; recalls Jimmy Herman and racial integration of Local 34, early 1960s; led ILWU efforts to aid California farm workers' union movement, 1960s-1970s; Secretary-Treasurer, Northern California District Council, ILWU, 1982-1993; co-founded...
Topics: californialightandsound, Employee screening --California, Labor union members--California--San...
Source: 8 Tapes of 8: 1/8 inch audio cassette
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
Labor Archives and Research Center, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University
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Interview with UNITE HERE Local 2 vice-president Lamoin Werlein-Jaen. For additional information see California Revealed .
Topic: californiarevealed
Source: mp4: 5 File of 5
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
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Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Community activist, champion of underdogs and labor rights; professor, Social Work, San Francisco State University; describes posts with Avalon-Carver Community Center, Los Angeles; Center for Community Development, Fresno; and National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO), Washington, D.C.; Administrative Director, NWRO, 1967-1970; analyzes techniques of successful community organizing; recalls Cesar Chavez, Saul Alinsky, and George A. Wiley;...
Topics: californialightandsound, Community organization--California, Political...
Source: 7 Tapes of 7: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Interview with, UNITE HERE Local 2 member Usha Bebbisse, waitress at the Fisherman's Wharf Holiday Inn. For additional information see California Revealed .
Topic: californiarevealed
Source: mp4: 2 File of 2
Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Retired from Modern Times Bookstore Collective in 1996 after twenty-five years; discusses youth in Brooklyn, 1920s-1930s, early interest in cooperatives and anarchism, coming to California, 1944; helping establish Peace and Freedom Party in San Diego, 1967; and Modern Times Bookstore Collective in San Francisco, 1971; describes assisting victims of AIDS crisis, San Francisco, 1980s. Collection Guide : Jean Pauline Oral History Rights :...
Topics: californialightandsound, Political activists--California--San Francisco--Interviews, Modern Times...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
Description : Sound recording of teamster Bert Vestnys and ironworker Walter Vestnys (father and son). To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Labor Archives received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities to conduct interviews with nine bridge workers, two wives of bridge workers, and two nurses who cared for workers hurt on the job. Bert Vestnys and Walter Vestnys discuss their experiences working on the Golden Gate Bridge. Call...
Topics: californiarevealed, Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Design and construction,...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)
The California Labor School was a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s progressive and labor communities during the 1940s and 1950s.
Topics: californiarevealed, California Labor School, Alternative schools--California, Labor movement --...
Source: Photographic Negative: 1 Page of 1 (4 x 5 in.)